Skeet Ulrich

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Skeet Ulrich
Skeet Ulrich by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Ulrich at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Born
Bryan Ray Trout

(1970-01-20) January 20, 1970 (age 51)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActor
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 1997; div. 2005)

Amelia Jackson-Gray
(m. 2012; div. 2015)
Children2

Skeet Ulrich (/ˈʌlrɪ/ UL-rich; born Bryan Ray Trout on January 20, 1970) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles in popular 1990s films, including Billy Loomis in Scream, Chris Hooker in The Craft and Vincent in As Good As It Gets. Since 2017, he has starred as FP Jones on The CW's Riverdale. His other television roles include Johnston Jacob "Jake" Green Jr. in the television series Jericho, and LAPD Detective Rex Winters, a Marine veteran from the Law & Order franchise.

Early life[edit]

Bryan Ray Trout was born on January 20, 1970, in Lynchburg, Virginia. His mother, Carolyn Elaine Wax (née Rudd), owns the special events marketing agency Sports Management Group, and his father is a restaurateur.[1] His first stepfather was D. K. Ulrich, a NASCAR driver and team owner, whom he considers his father.[2] In 1990, his mother remarried, to Edward Lewis Wax.[3][4] Ulrich's maternal uncle is retired NASCAR driver Ricky Rudd,[5] and his maternal grandfather was Alvin Ray Rudd, Sr., the president of Al Rudd Auto Parts.[6]

Ulrich's father kidnapped him and his brother when he was six years old, and they spent the next three years moving from Florida to New York and then to Pennsylvania. They were reunited with their mother in North Carolina, where his father disappeared from his life.[7]

The nickname "Skeet" originated from "Skeeter", a nickname he was given by his Little League coach because of his small stature and because he was fast as a mosquito.[7] Along with his slight frame, he had poor health, including numerous bouts with pneumonia; he underwent open-heart surgery to repair a defective ventricle at the age of 10.[8] Ulrich graduated from Northwest Cabarrus High School in North Carolina. After enrolling at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to study marine biology, he switched to New York University, where he was noticed by playwright David Mamet.[9]

Career[edit]

In his earliest screen appearances, Ulrich was an uncredited extra in films Weekend at Bernie's (1989) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990). After joining the Atlantic Theater Company as an apprentice, Ulrich performed with the group, which got him noticed by director Stacy Cochran. She cast him in a CBS Schoolbreak Special. With her help, he also received his first notable role on screen in 1996 as the loutish boyfriend of Winona Ryder in Boys. That same year, he appeared in The Craft opposite Robin Tunney and Neve Campbell. He was cast that same year to star alongside Campbell again in Wes Craven's hit slasher film Scream.

In 1997, he had a small role as an emotionally conflicted gay hustler in As Good as It Gets (along with fellow Scream actor Jamie Kennedy). He appeared in films like The Newton Boys (1998) and Chill Factor (1999).[10] He starred as Juvenal, a young man with stigmata and healing powers in the Paul Schrader film Touch (1997), and he appeared in Ride with the Devil (1999), an American Civil War drama directed by Ang Lee. In 2000, he played computer hacker Kevin Mitnick in the film Takedown.

On television, Ulrich starred in the short-lived ABC series Miracles and appeared in TNT's multiple Emmy-nominated miniseries Into the West (2005 in the U.S., 2006 in the UK). Also in 2005, Ulrich acted with Keri Russell in the television film The Magic of Ordinary Days. He starred as Jake Green on the CBS post-apocalyptic drama Jericho, which premiered on September 20, 2006, and ended its run on March 25, 2008. The series was cancelled after its first season but was brought back due to fan outcry and support. Fans lobbied the studio, and the series was brought back for a shorted second season.

Ulrich is a recurring guest voice actor on the Adult Swim animated stop-motion sketch comedy series Robot Chicken. In sketches based on G.I. Joe, Ulrich voices the character Duke. Ulrich guest-starred in three episodes of CSI: NY as a complex and disturbed killer.[11] As of 2017, he stars as Forsythe Pendleton Jones II, the father of Jughead Jones, in Riverdale on The CW, loosely based on the Archie comic book series. On February 23, 2020, Ulrich announced that he would be leaving Riverdale ahead of its fifth season, making season four his last on the show.[12]

Ulrich appeared as Brian David Mitchell in the 2017 Lifetime film I Am Elizabeth Smart, based on the 2002 abduction and captivity of Elizabeth Smart. He also played as Brice in the 2017 horror movie Escape Room.

Personal life[edit]

In 1997, Ulrich married English actress Georgina Cates, whom he met at an Academy Awards party. Their wedding was a small ceremony held on their farmland in Madison County, Virginia, with only the preacher and their canine companions as guests. They have twins, Naiia (daughter) and Jakob (son), born in 2001.[13] Ulrich and Cates separated in 2004 and filed for divorce in 2005, citing irreconcilable differences.[14]

He married actress Amelia Jackson-Gray in 2012, and they divorced in 2015.[15] In 2016, Ulrich became engaged to Brazilian model Rose Costa,[16] but the couple split in 2017.[17]

He enjoys woodworking.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Weekend at Bernie's Extra Uncredited
1990 Chattahoochee[18] Extra Uncredited
1990 Everybody Wins Extra Uncredited
1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Thug Uncredited
1996 The Craft Chris Hooker
1996 Last Dance Billy
1996 Boys Bud Valentine
1996 Albino Alligator Danny Boudreaux
1996 Scream Billy Loomis
1997 Touch Juvenal / Charlie Lawson
1997 As Good as It Gets Vincent
1998 The Newton Boys Joe Newton
1999 Chill Factor Tim Mason
1999 Ride with the Devil Jack Bull Chiles
2000 Track Down Kevin Mitnick
2001 Nobody's Baby Billy Raedeen
2001 Soul Assassin Kevin Burke
2001 Kevin of the North Kevin Manley
2009 For Sale by Owner Junior
2009 Armored Dobbs
2014 50 to 1 Chip Woolley
2014 The Girl on the Roof N/A Short film; director
2017 Austin Found Billy Fontaine
2018 Escape Room Brice
TBA Blood Post-production
TBA Supercell Roy Post-production
TBA Salvation Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 CBS Schoolbreak Special Vinnie DiFazio Episode: "Same Difference"
1998 A Soldier's Sweetheart Mark Fossie Television film
2003 Miracles Paul Callan 13 episodes
2005 The Magic of Ordinary Days Ray Singleton Television film
2005 Into the West Jethro Wheeler TV miniseries
2006–2008 Jericho Jake Green 29 episodes
2007–2021 Robot Chicken Various voices 10 episodes
2009 Back Richard Miles Television film
2009 CSI: NY Hollis Eckhart 3 episodes
2010 Gimme Shelter Billy Jost Television film
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Det. Rex Winters Episode: "Behave"
2010–2011 Law & Order: LA Det. Rex Winters 14 episodes
2013 Anatomy of Violence Adrian Raines Television film
2015–2016 Unforgettable Eddie Martin 2 episodes
2017 I Am Elizabeth Smart Brian David Mitchell Television film
2017–2021 Riverdale FP Jones[19] Recurring role (season 1)
Main role (seasons 2–5)
2020 #FreeRayshawn Sgt. Mike Trout Main role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1997 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Best Supporting Actor Scream Nominated
2006 Character and Morality in Entertainment Awards N/A The Magic of Ordinary Days Won
Western Heritage Awards Television Feature Film Into the West Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Skeet Ulrich Biography (1969?-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
  2. ^ Hoban, Phoebe (March 16, 1997). "An Actor Building a Career as Not-Johnny-Depp". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  3. ^ "Skeet Ulrich - Profile, Latest News and Related Articles". eonline.com. Archived from the original on December 12, 2007.
  4. ^ "Ms. Rudd Is Wed To Edward Wax". The New York Times. December 9, 1990. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
  5. ^ "In Print/Skeet Ulrich". Webcitation.org. Archived from the original on October 25, 2009. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
  6. ^ "Obituaries (HamptonRoads.com/PilotOnline.com)". Virginian-Pilot. Archived from the original on August 8, 2007.
  7. ^ a b c "Talking Shop With Skeet Ulrich - Los Angeles Magazine". Los Angeles Magazine. October 1, 2010. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "The rebirth of Skeet". September 12, 2006. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  9. ^ Henley, Ken W. (January 11, 2011). "iMovies.ge :: სკიტ ულრიჰი / Skeet Ulrich". Fangoria. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
  10. ^ Henley, Ken W. (January 11, 2011). ""SCREAM", "THE CRAFT" Actor Skeet Ulrich To Make Convention Debut at Texas Frightmare Weekend!". Fangoria. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
  11. ^ Tim Molloy (August 5, 2009). "Exclusive: Skeet Ulrich Joins CSI: NY for Killer Arc". TVGuide.com. Retrieved August 5, 2009.
  12. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (February 23, 2020). "Skeet Ulrich And Marisol Nichols To Depart 'Riverdale' After Four Seasons". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 24, 2020.
  13. ^ "Skeet Ulrich Is Trying to Kill Me With His Dad Comments on Insta". Cosmopolitan. August 30, 2017. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  14. ^ "Skeet To Divorce". contactmusic.com. June 23, 2005. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  15. ^ Kelly, Debra (April 5, 2017). "What Ever Happened To Skeet Ulrich?". www.nickiswift.com. Retrieved March 7, 2021.[better source needed]
  16. ^ Greco, Patti (October 17, 2017). "Skeet Ulrich Went From '90s Heartthrob to Struggling TV Actor. Now He's Back". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
  17. ^ Crabtree, Erin (February 27, 2021). "Heating Up! Skeet Ulrich Flirts With Lucy Hale After PDA Pics". Us Weekly. Retrieved November 30, 2021.
  18. ^ "Skeet Ulrich Biography (1969?–)". www.filmreference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2021.
  19. ^ @CWRiverdaleNews (December 13, 2016). "Episode 10 is called 'The Lost Weekend' It confirms Ulrich's character's name" (Tweet). Retrieved April 18, 2021 – via Twitter.

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